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We could soon see a Justin Morneau-Minnesota Twins reunion

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there is mutual interest in a possible reunion between Justin Morneau and the Twins.

Over the weekend LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins front office was looking to add “veteran leadership,” irrespective of the position. Morneau would qualify for that role and would be especially appropriate for it given his decade-long tenure with the Twins.

As far as baseball goes, it’s unclear how much, if anything, Morneau has left in the tank. Last season he hit .261/.303/.429 with six homers and 25 RBI in 218 plate appearances with the White Sox. He only played in 49 games in 2015. The 2006 American League MVP was almost exclusively a DH in Chicago. Joe Mauer and Byung-Ho Park handled first base and DH duties last season with Miguel Sano taking several turns at DH as well. Mauer isn’t going anywhere. Sano is slated to be the everyday third baseman. Park, however, was a liability at the plate.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.